Ford’s Dearborn Michigan Campus to Eliminate 11,000 metric tons of CO2 Emissions

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As great as it is to remove an old incandescent lightbulb from your living room and replace it with a new CFL bulb (or better yet, an LED), there is a much greater impact when a business replaces or retrofits on a much grander scale.

 

Ford Goes Green in Dearborn

Shortly after announcing its first electric car, the Electric Ford Focus, Ford announced on Friday it was going green with its Dearborn Michigan plant by replacing 50,000 light fixtures, and in doing so, eliminating 11,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

 

Benefits of Going Green at a Car Plant

In addition to saving a whopping amount of carbon emissions, Ford has also made their Dearborn, Michigan plant environmentally friendly in other ways. Besides changing out lightbulbs, they have also optimized the building’s use of daylight, and put “occupancy sensors” in places where there is low traffic, and lights do not have to be on all the time.

 

Saving Money by Going Green

Not only did Ford do a great service to the environment by cutting their CO2 emissions, they also reduced their costs for their Dearborn, Michigan plant significantly. Their ‘replace and retrofit’ campaign resulted in savings of $1.3 million for the company.

 

How Ford’s Initiative Can be Applied At Home

It’s not just large car companies who can implement savings like this. If you are a homeowner you can save on your electricity bills at home by replacing your incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs, and making other energy efficient choices.

What do you think of Ford’s initiative, and should other car manufacturing plants follow suit? We think so!

  • Ian Andrew

    As the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Greener Ideal, Ian has been a driving force in environmental journalism and sustainable lifestyle advocacy since 2008. With over a decade of dedicated involvement in environmental matters, Ian has established himself as a respected expert in the field. Under his leadership, Greener Ideal has consistently delivered independent news and insightful content that empowers readers to engage with and understand pressing environmental issues.

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